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06-2022

House 1/6 panel wants to hear from McCarthy after new audio

House 1/6 panel wants to hear from McCarthy after new audio

House 1/6 panel wants to hear from McCarthy after new audio

The House committee to investigate the January 6, 2021 uprising at the Capitol is redoubled its efforts to appear for interviews amid new revelations related to his private conversations about the deadly attack to GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, Speaker said on Tuesday.

Chairman Benny Thompson, D-Miss., said the panel expects to make a decision this week about issuing a second request to McCarthy, who has declined to appear before the panel voluntarily. Thompson said the committee is also considering convening a wider group of House Republicans for interviews, as more details emerge about their talks with the Trump White House for the Capitol siege.

The committee is rushing to complete this phase of its work amid newly released audio recordings of McCarthy’s personal remarks after the January 6 attacks, when supporters of then-President Donald Trump tried to block authentication of Joe Biden’s election victory. In an attempt, he stormed the capital.

In January 10, 2021, the audio recording was released on Tuesday the new York TimesMcCarthy tells fellow Republican leaders that Trump’s far-right allies in the House are “endangering people” with his public tweets and comments that could put other lawmakers at risk of violence.

before this, Times The report said McCarthy, in talks with House Republicans, blamed Trump for the attack. audio recording issued by Times are part of reporting for an upcoming book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future,

Thompson said the committee met for most of Tuesday, deciding the next course of action on McCarthy and other members of the House.

“We’ll probably consider getting some lawmakers involved by invitation at this point, and we’ll go from there,” Thompson said at the Capitol.

The panel had previously sought interviews from McCarthy and Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, two Trump aides were central to an effort to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election that Trump lost to Biden.

All three have voluntarily declined to appear, but the committee has refrained from taking the more dramatic step of issuing subpoenas to compel current members of Congress to testify.

Thompson noted that an earlier invitation to McCarthy was “sent prior to this latest revelation that was reported on tape.” He told reporters that “in all likelihood” McCarthy would receive another invitation.

At the same time, the panel is expanding its reach to a potentially more broad group of Republican lawmakers, who are now known to play a more important role than was understood before the riots and as it unfolded.

“We’ll make a decision on another one before the week ends,” Thompson said.

Republican Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama, Trump’s aide who accompanied a group of lawmakers who met at the White House in December 2020, has suggested that he appear before the panel. Brooks also spoke at Trump’s January 6 rally before the crowd descended on the Capitol.

Additionally, the panel is now eyeing other House Republican lawmakers, who are working closely with Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, as they sought to challenge Biden’s victory.

A handful of lawmakers were named in testimony released late Friday as part of a court filing as the committee seeks access to Meadows’ text messages.

“We’ll probably consider getting some lawmakers involved by invitation at this point, and we’ll go from there,” Thompson said Tuesday.

The panel is working swiftly to begin public hearings, which are expected to begin and end by June, before releasing a preliminary report of its findings in the fall.

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